Release of the keyboard component was delayed numerous times due to the engineers trying to reduce manufacturing costs for the unit. The peripheral was at first only released in Seattle and New Orleans in late 1981 at a price of $600 US dollars, unadjusted for inflation. The repeated delays became so notorious for Mattel that comedian Jay Leno joked about the delay at Mattel's 1981 Christmas party, receiving a huge applause for saying "You know what the three big lies are, don't you? 'The check is in the mail,' 'I'll still respect you in the morning,' and 'The keyboard will be out in spring.'"
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